Debates between Lord Bishop of Derby and Lord Roborough during the 2019 Parliament

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias

Debate between Lord Bishop of Derby and Lord Roborough
Thursday 25th April 2024

(1 month, 4 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Roborough Portrait Lord Roborough (Con)
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My Lords, we do not accept that they are more likely to be prosecuted. The point is that we have identified that ethnic minorities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and we are researching to find out exactly why that is the case. The raw data suggests that they are being charged more aggressively than the white majority, but we do not understand the factors behind that. The review that we have commissioned will report later this year on exactly what factors we can identify.

Lord Bishop of Derby Portrait The Lord Bishop of Derby
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My Lords, I hold responsibility in the Bishops’ prison team for children in the youth justice system, so my question arises not only from access to what I find to be quite disturbing data but also from direct contact with children in the justice system. What steps are His Majesty’s Government taking to eliminate racial bias, including in charging, against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in the youth justice system, who are often hidden within official statistics?

Lord Roborough Portrait Lord Roborough (Con)
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My Lords, the Government are committed to tackling all sorts of racism and discrimination in society. The Government have a robust legislative framework to protect all individuals against unlawful discrimination. Our Inclusive Britain strategy, published in March 2022, set out a ground-breaking action plan to tackle negative disparities, promote unity and build a fairer Britain for all. The strategy includes 74 bold actions to improve outcomes for ethnic minority groups across education, health, employment and criminal justice.